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Squeaking GMC 2500HD

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by DeereFarmer, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    I have a squeaking noise on my '02 GMC 2500HD. It only occurs when the truck is moving. Sometimes when I shift into revers from drive or drive from reverse I'll get a slight clunking sound. It sounds like a U-Joint, but I just had them replaced earlier this summer. Is there anyway that they can go dry in that short of time or did I just get a bad mechanic? Anything else it could be that I should check?
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    My ball joints and rear springs squeak on my 02 GMC.
  3. Redsilv03

    Redsilv03 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    U-Joints, front or rear, sway bar links and bushings make same noise, but if the noise is fast and loud almost constant, it is u-joints.
  4. Clint S

    Clint S Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    All three of our truck started squeaking, on all three it was u joints. The roller bearings have rusted to dust and that is what the squeaking is. On mine the joint was tight and no vibration. You will need a torch to melt the retainers on the joints to get them off.
  5. Redsilv03

    Redsilv03 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    New u-joints should come with grease zerks, make sure you are putting 3 good pumps into all zerks on steering and driveline parts ever 3000 miles or oil change, it really goes a long way
  6. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    It is. Truck is going into my buddy's shop on Wednesday to get checked out.
  7. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Just a follow up: the front U joint was bad. I had both of themk done. $180 for both installed. Not bad I thought. I think I found me a new shop.
  8. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 688

    Was it the same U joint that you just replaced?
  9. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    It was the forward one. The previous one was the rear one. I just had him do both while the driveshaft was down just to make sure. Now they are both good. The held up with the back to back storms here without an issue, so I'm happy.
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I have had better luck with the non greasable lifetime/heavy duty u-joints from Autozone. Put in some from Napa with the zerk and one grenaded in less than a year, probably not even 500 miles. Also, whenever I have a shaft out, I always replace all the joints. It sucks to change one, and then the other goes bad in a couple months.......